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Degree Program in Classical Music Performance (Organ)

University of the Arts Helsinki
5.5 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
English, Finnish, Swedish
Student playing the organ. Image by Veikko Kähkönen

About this program

Degree Program in Classical Music Performance (Organ)

Study to become an organist under the guidance of renowned teachers in a unique and international environment.

This 5.5 year program leads to a Bachelor's and a Master's degree.

With organ as your major subject, you will focus on mastering your instrument and learning about improvisation, continuo playing and the structure and history of the clavichord. Your studies will include ensemble playing and mastering the keyboard, as well as the history of organ music and organ pedagogy.

As part of your bachelor’s degree, you will prepare a repertoire for the Level B performance examination in accordance with the degree requirements for organ as a major subject. In your keyboard instrument studies, you will reach at least the Level C in piano, harpsichord or clavichord.

After moving over to masters studies, you will reach a higher level of expertise in organ playing, organ pedagogy and organ improvisation and prepare a repertoire for the Level A performance examination.

Admission requirements

To be eligible to study for a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree at Sibelius Academy you need to have completed at least one of the following:

  • The Finnish Matriculation Examination (a final certificate from upper secondary school is not sufficient)
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma at a European School
  • A Reifeprüfung or Deutsches Internationales Abitur (RP / DIA) diploma
  • A vocational upper secondary qualification, a further vocational qualification, or a specialist vocational qualification defined under the Act on Vocational Education and Training
  • A foreign degree or qualification that makes you eligible for corresponding higher education in the awarding country
  • A Cambridge Advanced International Certificate (AICE)
  • A degree at a Finnish higher education institution or a degree abroad corresponding to at least a bachelor’s degree.

Language requirements

The languages of tuition in the Classical Music Performance program are Finnish, Swedish, and English. You must demonstrate your language proficiency in one of the abovementioned languages by the given deadline. However, the majority of group tuition at the Sibelius Academy is provided in Finnish or English.

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Program content

Classical Music Instrument Performance / Organ, Bachelor and Master of Music (3 yr + 2.5 yr)

Organ, Bachelor of Music

Instrument and ensemble skills

  • Masterclass

Organ improvisation 1


Proficiency demonstration and maturity essay

General music skills

  • Structural awareness of music 1
    • Assignments (optional)
  • Structural awareness of music 2
    • Structural awareness of music 2a
    • Structural awareness of music 2 b
    • Assignments (optional)
  • Advanced structural awareness of music
  • History of Western art music
  • History of music essay, optional

Pedagogical skills

  • Pedagogical skills (select option A or B)
    • Pedagogical skills, option A
    • Pedagogical skills, option B

Study and career skills, and ergonomic studies

  • Studies determined by the apartment
  • Language studies
    • Foreign Language
    • Second official language
    • Written communication
    • Foreign language

Organ, Master of Music

Instrument and ensemble skills

  • Masterclass

Proficiency demonstration and maturity essay

  • Maturity essay

General music skills and communication skills

  • Organ performance workshop

Career and study skills

  • Studies determined by the department

For more information, please check the course webpage.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The languages of instruction for this program are English, Finnish and Swedish.


The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is €5000 per year.

Tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki are only applicable to Non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a BA or a MA degree in English.


Target degree - Bachelor’s + Master’s Degrees in Music

The purpose of the education is to help students develop their artistic vision and mastery of their instrument in a comprehensive way. Students will learn the skills needed to work as soloists, orchestral musicians, or pedagogues.

Continuing studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a masters degree, you will have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies.

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University of the Arts Helsinki

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. Uniarts Helsinki’s wide selection of programs in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching...

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Why study at University of the Arts Helsinki

  • The University of the Arts is one of the leading performing arts universities in the world: Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has ranked among the top 15 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2021).
  • We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts which was opened in 2021. The facilities are in the use of the Academy of Fine Arts as well as students of light design, sound design, and design for the performing arts. We host over 1,000 public performances or exhibitions per year.
  • At Uniarts Helsinki you can study in an inspiring environment where different disciplines of art influence each other. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki;Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius Academy, have roots deep within the Finnish arts education and history of art. The predecessors of all three academies were founded in the 19th century although then they operated under slightly different names.
  • The Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy with a focus on fine arts. Students' personal aspirations and one-to-one guidance in teaching are at the heart of the academy.
  • The Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. It is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities.
  • The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.

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P.O. Box 1
FI-00097 UNIARTS Helsinki

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